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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Tokyo Subway Map on: June 26, 2011 11:03:47 AM
I've finished the Tokyo Subway Map Quilt! YAY!!!!  

I'm pleased with the final product. It's not nearly as good as Elizabeth Hartman's www.ohfransson.com...but I'm ok with that. She is my current idol and I kinda have a girl crush on her.

I have been doing various crafts all my life. I've been married to my husband for a hundred years (maybe not quite THAT long). I have never made him anything. He asked me early in our relationship to make him a blanket. I started to crochet him an afghan back then but never finished. It was one of those things that I didn't like how it was turning out so I never finished it. Oops.  

So this year, I decided to finally do something for the love of my life.

He loves it.

The quilt top:

The back:

Cuddling kiddies:
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S.....EEEEEEEEE on: February 01, 2011 06:42:04 PM
I've been meaning to post this for awhile.

So, my best friend is finally having a baby after 7 years of trying to conceive. She was on her 4th and final IVF attempt and finally got the news she was praying for!

She and her husband are already kids at heart. They take annual vacations to Disney and have their house decked out with disney collectibles in every room.

When they finally started on the nursery, obviously the theme was Disney. Daddy is an artist and hand-painted a lot of the baby room with our favorite Disney characters and hidden Mickeys.

I was inspired by his creativity and their love of all things Disney and I set out looking for the perfect Disney knit.

I came across these chartshttp://www.breienmetplezier.nl/Breipatronen/disney.htm and envisioned The Amazing Disney Blankey!

I lined the back of the blankey with flannel

My daughter modeling to show the size (It will cover a twin size bed so Baby will have the blankey for many years.

It was a huge hit at her baby shower this past weekend! Smiley
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Friendly Neighborhood Spidey Blankie on: October 02, 2008 06:28:58 PM
So, I've been knitting for a year now.  I've been addicted and knitting nonstop since then.  And...umm...well, my craftster addiction became almost nonexistent. 

I am still proud of my knitting accomplishments.

This is one of my most recent and probably my favorite project to date:

Zachary's Spidey Blankie

I used Berocco comfort
Used the following pattern
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Needle roll for my GURU on: December 28, 2007 04:39:33 PM
I just started knitting a few months ago and I have been obsessed.

Finally, I realized I needed something to organize my stuff.  THEN, I decided that my knitting guru (MENTOR) should get a nice gift from me.  I'm not an amazing knitter yet, but I am pretty dern good at sewing. 

Of course, my guru probably has everything she needs to organize her stuff.  I was hesitant...but I doubt she has a handmade needle roll that is PERSONALIZED!

So yesterday, I finally pulled myself away from my needles (I made a sock this week!!) and my yarn and dust off the sewing machine:

The Knitting Needle Roll (the only thing left is the anxiety of whether she'll like it):

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / New to knitting...and OBSESSED! (lots of pics!) on: November 24, 2007 06:46:14 AM
So, the end of September, I finished crocheting my baby girl's afghan (that I had started a year before).  I was so bored with it that it took me so long.

Then, a friend of mine sent me some knitted items.  Suddenly, I was ready to learn to knit.  I have always wanted to knit, but nothing really inspired me to learn.  I was ready.

In October, I bought my first set of needles, some cheap yarn, and Stitch 'N Bitch book.  That night, I knitted a swatch.

My very first official project.  A scarf.  It was wayyyyyy too wide for a scarf.  I don't really wear scarfs.  So, I left the yarn strands because I'm going to take it apart for something else (I'm thinking it will go towards a sweater for me). I love this yarn!

I still had the red yarn and decided to try a project that included purls.  So, here is a scarf I made with 2x2 rib stitch.  When it was finished, DS claimed it as his.  That was fine because it's a small-ish scarf.

Then...I had no other projects.  I just obsessively wanted to knit.  I had this absolutely beautiful yarn and cast on as many stitches as I could on my needle and went to town (learned later that probably wasn't a good idea...had to go get longer needles).  I had no idea what it would be in the end because I just wanted to knit.  Now, it's my very own knitting bag.

This is when my friend told me I was ready for a sweater.  While she was sending me a pattern for Baby - I got impatient and went to the book store. I found a master pattern book...bought some yarn on clearance and went at it.  I was halfway finished by the time the pattern got to me.  I really messed up on the guage (and many other things) but it was really my learning project.  So, I didn't mind.  It ended up fitting DS.

I started a sweater for oldest DD (13yo).  Not finished.  Ran out of yarn.

Then, I decided to go ahead and give double-pionted needles a try.

Here was my first project with dp:

That worked out so well that I went ahead and added yet another needle and tried making this little toboggan hat thingy to see if I could do it.  I was sooooo excited when it was really looking right!  And look at how cute the model is!!!

I have since finished a new cardigan for Baby that actually fits her this time.  I'm just so obsessed, I dream about knitting!!

My next adventure will actually be a sewing project.  Need to get these needles and knitting supplies organized!!!
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Go Diego Go! Rescue Pack on: September 15, 2007 11:58:20 AM
OMG - it's been forever since I posted my projects on here.  I put this Rescue Pack together one day because Little Man was having separation anxiety going back to daycare (after staying home for the summer with Big Sissy).  Big Bubby got a new backpack for school and Little Man wanted one too!

So, Big Bubby convinced him that a Rescue Pack would be so totally awesome!  When I couldn't find a Rescue Pack anywhere, I knew I would have to dust off the sewing machine.

The photos aren't that great, but Little Man is now doing much better at daycare.  He loves walking in wearing his Rescue Pack.

7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / From Boo Boo to Beautiful on: June 20, 2006 05:59:08 PM
This purse started out and was going along just fine.  Then, the big boo boo happened.

I scrambled, I cried, I threw fits, I screamed, I cried, I gave up, I started again, I tried and I tried to figure out what to do and how to fix it.

Then, I asked Craftsters for help!

In the end, I think I just wanted the original design that was in my head when I started the silly purse.

I pulled out my very last bit of vinyl...and with a little shaping here and a little trimming there...I might - yes, I just might be able to pull it off!

Of course, I had to use the same straps that were already on the other purse...but there was just barely enough vinyl fabric to start a whole new purse.

Here is the final and complete purse.  I was pleased, I only lost about 1/2 inch with the new vinyl.

8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Embellishment ideas for purse I messed up on: June 06, 2006 11:55:09 AM
I thought I was being careful.  I was ironing out the seam at the top before I sewed.  I was trying to be extra careful around the straps because they are vinyl.  But D'OH...I wasn't paying any attention to the vinyl on the bottom.  The vinyl is ALL GONE at the store I bought it.  It's a custom-order purse and I can't start over. 

I tried to cover it with one of my labels..but it looks so terrible.  I had the idea to put one of those little spirograph thingy-ma-bobbers on it...thought that would be a fun way to cover it.  But I went through all of my kids toys and I guess we threw out all of their spirograph supplies long ago.

Anyone have ideas on what I can do to cover it up? 

9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Another project for a friend on: May 15, 2006 10:15:46 AM
So, I made a purse for myself a few months ago.  It turned out to be a bit bigger than what I like to carry around.  So, a friend bought it from me.  Well, that same friend has a birthday coming up, so I tried my hand at a wallet (this is my very first wallet EVER).  It matches the purse I made.



10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Craftster Inspired - Laptop sleeve with Messenger Bag (img heavy) on: May 01, 2006 02:39:11 PM
I had a friend ask me to make her a "Laptop bag".  I wanted it to be perfect, so I turned to Craftster for help.

Ok, everything I did here was inspired by fellow Craftsters.  Now - I know my work isn't nearly as good as the craftsters who inspired me..but my friend is pleased.  And I'm happy with the accomplishment.  Now, I get to go back to making furniture.  LOL

So, the sleeve was inspired by jazfitz's "Click-Clack.... Typewriter Laptop Sleeve & Tote Set! Success!!" (and her photographer's set with messenger bag came out after I had already started this set)

The messenger bag was inspired by AmandaJ's "my latest creation - messenger bag"

I used the zipper pocket tutorial "Zipper pocket tutorial (messenger bag & jordy bag)"  by SewPixie for under the flap as well as inside the bag.

And this is what I came up with:
First, the sleeve:

The sleeve with my laptop (my laptop is much smaller than her laptop):

The sleeve with the bag:

The bag front:

The bag back:

The bag with flap up and sleeve ready to slide in:

Closeup of pockets under flap (there is also a zipper pocket up above the blue strip:

Inside the bag (with inside zipper pocket open)...I put a tag inside - how cool am I?  lol:

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